Bookish Bucket List: Austenland

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Have you ever finished a book and said “Man, I wish I could ________ like that?” Bookish Bucket List is a semi-regular feature for the things I’ve put on my bucket list and the books that made me do so.

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Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

Bucket List Entry: Participate in a reenactment weekend.

Why: I’ve always liked to say I was cut out for an earlier time – I love to do all sorts of hand crafting and embroidery that are aggressively NOT COOL anymore – but the truth is, I would miss too many things (like, the INTERNET). So, I’ve amended my thoughts on it a little and decided that all I really need is a good week or so at a reenactment week. I’d gladly give up cell phones, laptops, internet and all that partly to prove that I could, and partly to wear all those incredibly pretty dresses! PLUS, men knew how to treat a lady back then *fans self*! I’m all for women’s rights and all, but a little flattery and manners goes a long way guys! At a reenactment they would all be forced to be gentlemen, and I would totally be okay with that!

What’s on your Bucket List?

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2 Responses to “Bookish Bucket List: Austenland”

  1. Yes! Flattery and manners! And pretty dresses! I’m all for comfy yoga pants all day, but I would love to be in pretty dresses more often. And dancing! Dancing would be fun, too! I imagine lots of parties!

  2. […] Wednesday I wished for a chance to participate in an Austen-ian re-enactment week. […]

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